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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

The Health Wrap: nutrition news; research milestones; prescribing problems

What’s new in public health? Following a drop in public health expenditure by OECD nations during the global financial crisis, spending is beginning to gather pace again, according to an article on Public Finance International website. In Australia, there is some good news emerging from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Ross Gittins wrote [...]

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FIFO/DIDO workers and health services in rural & remote Australia

The rapid growth in the fly-in fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) workforce in Australia’s rural and remote areas has been accompanied by claims that FIFO/DIDO workers, particularly miners and other resources sector workers, place substantial burdens on rural/remote health services. This latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service examines the [...]

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Introducing new column: “I am The Koori Woman and you will hear my truth”

My name is Kelly Briggs. I tweet and blog under the moniker of The Koori Woman. My blog  recently won The Australian Writers Centres Commentary Blog of the Year. I have been named one of the top 20 women shaking things up on Twitter, by the online publication The Shake and am a very active participant [...]

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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

Closed for business…

(This post was updated on July 3, 4 and 20 – see bottom of post) Today marks the end of an era, for many organisations, their employees and those who have relied upon or been part of their work. The Australian National Preventive Health Agency *** The COAG Reform Council The final statement from John [...]

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Closing the gap in Indigenous health: how will we know?

Two important reports on Indigenous health were released today amid continuing fears about the future of independent reporting and accountability on health and welfare in Australia in the wake of the axing and merger of key Federal Government agencies. At its national conference today, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisaton (NACCHO) expressed “grave concerns” [...]

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The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

By Kellie Bisset   Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs The release of the COAG Reform Council’s final health report could not have been more timely, given the ongoing Budget fallout and debate around the proposed $7 co-payment. Newly elected AMA president Dr Brian Owler said the report, which showed that 12% of people in disadvantaged [...]

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The Federal Budget delivers a “gloomy” prognosis for rural health

I wonder how many National Party MPs will read this rather devastating critique of what the Federal Budget means for the health of rural people and communities… It is cross-posted with permission from the National Rural Health Alliance. **** Measuring the fairness of the Federal Budget for rural people As we look back at the [...]

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The Health Wrap: budget blues; the importance of culture; evidence-based mental health campaigns; examples of digital innovation

  By Frances Gilham Budget blues Budget debate and discussion continues to dominate the health news, with many commentators suggesting the proposals have ignored the evidence and don’t address structural system deficiencies. In an article for Medical Observer, UNSW academics have called for a trial period of the co-payment system so a comprehensive evaluation can [...]

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A call to medical arms: seize the opportunity of current co-payment debate and push for real reform

The fight against the Federal Government’s proposed GP co-payment should keep an eye on the big picture and the need for serious structural reform in general practice and remuneration systems, says rural medico Dr Paul Mara. The current debate provides GPs and rural doctors with “a once in a decade” chance to re-engineer the current [...]

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Latest ‘close the gap’ update on Indigenous health underlines alarm over #Budget2014 cuts

The Close the Gap Campaign’s response to the COAG Reform Council’s latest report on Indigenous health sums up the terrible misdirection of the Federal Government’s 2014 Budget, which is inflicting pain in all the wrong places and puts at risk recent gains and its own priorities. “Mixed results on closing the gap confirms alarm over [...]

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